Applications open for our next cohort in Australia & New Zealand

We're looking for our next set of public sector teams to take part in the learning program across Australia and New Zealand.

Update September 2019:

We’ve extended the deadline for applications for the program to the end of November, and the program will now start in early 2020.

We’ve spoken to many jurisdictions and have some great teams shaping up for the program. After listening to feedback, we’ve understood however that the six-week application window has been too short for some teams to get all the approvals they need.

With many asking if they could join in 2020 instead, we’re shifting the dates back to give everyone time to develop their projects and applications. So if you’re interested, please do get in touch and we can help you get your application rolling!

We’re excited to launch another programme running from January/February 2020 - June/July2020, building on the Victorian pilot program we ran in 2018 in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and our current Australia - New Zealand wide program.

During the six-month programme, teams will be taken through an intensive journey working on real government projects. These projects are connected to real departmental priorities and act as the vehicle for learning new ways of doing policy making in government.

Across the course of the programme, teams will be taught by experienced practitioners drawn from our international faculty, which this year included Penny Hagen from Auckland Co-design Lab, Andrea Siodmok from Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office, UK, and Cassie Robinson from The National Lottery Community Fund, UK.

About the programme

The States of Change learning programme is a practice-led experience that embeds innovation capability and helps public servants become better problem solvers.

Over eight months (extended to allow for the summer break), teams take part in the programme alongside their day jobs and learn how to take an experimental approach to problem solving. This involves exploring problems from new perspectives, and then testing and iterating possible solutions in order to quickly learn what works and what doesn’t. Importantly, participants also learn how to help create the right conditions for innovation to happen.

Throughout, teams work on real-life projects from their departments that they bring to the programme. This ensures a bias towards practical action and ‘learning by doing’, taking teams on a learning journey where they go from testing out new approaches to applying them in practice.

As this is a cross-jurisdictional programme, teams will be drawn from a range of locations across Australia and New Zealand. Bringing together like-minded individuals and teams to learn new ways of working, thinking and tackling problems and building a network of change agents across the region.

Find out more about the programme by reading through our Prospectus and Programme Guide.

Want to be part of the next cohort?

Applications are now open!

You can download the Application Pack using the button to the right.

Applications will be open until the 30th November 2019. We’ll be reviewing them as they come in and only have ten places available, so don’t wait until the deadline!

The programme itself kicks off on in late January/early February (TBC with the teams) with a week training session in Melbourne, and you can find all the details about how to apply in our Application Pack.

Contact us at to find out if there are any info sessions in your jurisdictions and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any other questions!